As we have frequently pointed out on this blog, while HRC (the Human Rights Campaign) claims to be a “bipartisan organization,” it rarely, if ever, criticizes Democratic politicians. At the same time, its leaders regularly issue releases and statements attacking Republicans and conservatives. For example, HRC President Joe Solmonese took California Governor Schwarzenegger to task for vetoing legislation recognizing same-sex marriage in the Golden State, yet he and his associates use kid gloves when dealing with Democratic legislators in states across the nation who have voted for legislation codifying the traditional definition of marriage (one man to one woman).
Because of HRC’s readiness to attack Republicans for any hint of anti-gay sentiment and genrally leaves Democrats alone, it has become increasingly apparent that this group styles itself more as the gay and lesbian branch of a broad “progressive” movement than as a group committed to developing a bipartisan approach to gay and lesbian issues.
Troubled by HRC’s failure to take issue with Democrats who support the (Federal Marriage Amendment) FMA, a reader from Minnesota wrote to Solmonese to ask how he handles such Democrats. The reader shared the e-mail with me and I reprint it with permission:
What are you doing to confront Democratic Federal Marriage Amendment Supporters….. People like Stephanie Herseth (SD), Colin Peterson (MN) and Elwyn Tinklenberg (MN)?
The DCCC advised two Minnesota congressional candidates – Teresa Daly and Elwyn Tinklenberg to support anti-gay legislation (the FMA in the case of Tinklenberg) and the court stripping bill in the case of Daly.
When HRC starts confronting both Democrats and Republicans who promote anti-gay policies, rather than being a front group for the DNC/DCCC/DSCC, I will rejoin the organization.
We’re not the only ones who have noticed that HRC only seems to have problems with Republicans who oppose same-sex marriage. After all, this is the group which refused in 1996 to rescind its endorsement of then-President Clinton when, in the dead of the night, he signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) into law.